The Best Image Caches Of The Year

This is probably one of the most beloved features of Gizmodo: image cache. It's where we put the most beautiful, the most striking, the most most images and videos of the web. Here are the best of 2011.

1. A Nuclear Explosion, As Seen From Space

One of the many, many amazing bits of photo and video being run in The Atlantic's powerful package on nuclear testing in the US is this shot.

2. This Is The Most Beautiful and Terrifying Portrait Of Earth I've Seen

Over the course of 15 years, award-winning photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand crafted the most beautiful view of the Earth I've ever seen on the silver screen: Home is an exquisite vision of our world, full of pure bliss — and terrifying scenes.

3. The Craziest Sky I've Ever Seen

A night of fireworks, lightning, and a comet hanging on the sky separating them. It's like a painting of Heaven, Earth and Hell by Hieronymus Bosch. But it's not a painting. It's a real sky. It happened in Perth, Australia.

4. How Do You Transport A Super-Secret Plane When You Can't Fly It?

In a giganormous wooden box, that's how. This is how Lockheed Martin was transporting this ultra-secret A-12 OXCART — the precursor to the SR-71 Blackbird — developed under the supervision of the CIA.

5. The Four Frame Horror Of A Car Exploding In Front Of A Bomb Squad Officer

That's a bomb squad officer about to inspect a car suspected of containing a bomb planted by a muslim terrorist group in Thailand. The following images capture the horrible destruction as the car suddenly explodes in front of him.

6. This Terrifying Monster Is A Real Animal

Let's hope that no mad scientists discover an augmentation ray, because I would not like this hydrothermal worm to be the size of a whale. Heck, I don't even want it to be the size of a striped bass.

7. First Image Of Shuttle Entering Earth Is Simply Unbelievable

When I first saw this image just released by NASA I just couldn't believe my eyes. It shows Atlantis re-entering the Earth's atmosphere from the International Space Station, leaving a trail of fire behind it.

8. Is This The Most Amazing Time Lapse Video Yet?

Gizmodo friend and amazing filmmaker and photographer Vincent Laforet says that calling this time lapse video of Utah and Arizona "breathtaking" is an understatement. He adds "Holy cow". Make sure to watch this at full screen and HD.

9. Correction: Dubai Is Blade Runner

Earlier today, we broke the news that Dubai has become Star Wars. I regret to inform you that this dispatch was factually flawed: Dubai is, in fact, Blade Runner, as proven by these exclusive pics from photographer Gerald Donovan.

Been under a rock? See what else happened this year in our Best of 2011 series.

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